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Friday, April 14, 2006

The GOP must really be peeing its pants because of all those immigration rallies.

Fear of an anti-GOP backlash by Latino and other voters in the November elections is the only to explain the shamelessness of the new ad that Republicans are running on Spanish-language radio stations in at least three Western states. In the ad, the GOP accuses Democrats of being behind the plan to make illegal immigration a feleony.

The 60-second spot says in Spanish that [Senate Democratic leader Harry] Reid "blocked our leaders from working together" and blames Democrats for legislation that passed the Republican-controlled House that would make illegal immigrants subject to felony charges.

"Reid's Democrat allies voted to treat millions of hardworking immigrants as felons," the ad says, "while President Bush and Republican leaders work for legislation that will protect our borders and honor our immigrants."

Given that it was Republican US representative James Sensenbrenner who introduced the draconian HR 4437 in the House and championed the provisions calling for criminalizing illegal immigration — and that it was the GOP that refused to remove that provision until after millions of Americans went to the street in protest — saying that Reid and the Democrats are behind the proposed immigration restrictions is exceptionally brazen on the GOP's part.

The ads are currently running in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada; Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; and Albuquerque and Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Via AP and Arizona Republic. Thanks to Doug Krile for the tip about the Nevada ads.

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